The most recent terror warning from Tom Ridge and the Department of Homeland Security reminded me of "the boy who cried wolf." After all the recent disclosures of half-truths by the current administration, how can they expect us to believe them?
First, we go to war because there are weapons of mass destruction, then to stop Saddam Hussein's evil empire from taking over the world and finally because the Iraqi people needed our help. As everyone can see, there are no weapons of mass destruction and no proof they even existed can be shown. Saddam's evil empire and army were a bunch of soldiers with little weapons and lack of proper clothing. They were no threat to any U.S. interests, unless of course you are speaking of the oil supply. Finally, the Iraqi people are headed down the road of a civil war. Factions inside the country are killing their own people to get the "invaders" out of their country.
The most recent terror alerts are vague and ambiguous, to say the least. Sources, whose credibility we don't even know, are saying al-Qaida is planning an attack somewhere in the United States and maybe near the time of the political party conventions or the election. If we are to believe these sources, their information needs to be a bit more precise as to where.
It's funny how the color-code system is staying the same and not being raised. Ridge has asked the Justice Department to look into ways to delay the election "if" there is an attack. How are we to know who is attacking since we have no clue as to who's who?
As the mother of a U.S. Army soldier, I have heard a bunch of baloney since my son joined. George W. Bush stood on a ship, with a "mission-accomplished" banner hanging in the background, and assured the public that our soldiers had done their job. Most of us took that as the hard part, with U.S. soldiers getting killed, was over.
Wrong. More soldiers are being called up and even the inactive reserves are being called upon. If we had done our jobs the first time, why are we still being forced to endure this hardship? It seems that none of what the current administration told the public was the truth. As our soldiers are killed, they are sent home under complete cover. When a unit is sent overseas, the departure is very public. Therefore, it only stands to reason that their homecoming should be the same.
There have been so many times when you turn on the news and hear another possible security threat to the United States. The public is just sitting back and shaking their heads every time administration officials open their mouths. Supposedly, the current security measures will protect us. Funny, the Transportation Security Administration can't stop box cutters from getting on board a plane. Guns slip by metal detectors. Each citizen is expected to give up personal information and privacy for the sake of our country.
Would it be too much to ask the same of the current administration?
There are only so many times when you cry wolf that the people will believe you. The latest one is really hard to swallow. The people will get a chance to speak and the playground will have a new monitor come November. It's time for the president to collect his toys and marbles; it's almost time for him to go home.
Lynn Blanke lives in Renton, Washington.
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